Hawaiian haystack

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A Hawaiian haystack (also known as a "chicken sundae") is a type of haystack. It is a convenience cuisine dish composed of a rice base and several toppings. It is prepared by topping rice with toppings such as chicken, chicken gravy, diced pineapple, diced tomatoes, Chinese noodles, cheese, and celery.[1] Traditionally, each topping is prepared in its own dish and presented buffet-style, then added on top of the rice as desired.

Hawaiian Haystack example before serving.

It is popular in the Western United States both as a school lunch and as a quick, bespoke meal for family dinners.[citation needed]


The dish did not originate in Hawaii, but derives its name from the Hawaiian character of staple ingredients such as coconut and pineapple.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Mariani, John F. (2014). "Hawaiian haystack". Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink. Bloomsbury Publishing.